Lassa Fever Virus
Lassa fever is currently a threat to the welfare of all Nigerians. It is essential to spread awareness and stay informed. "prevention is better than a cure".
What Is It?Currently, Lassa fever virus is the most widely discussed disease, now becoming more visible in Nigeria.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Slight fever
- Respiratory distress
- Repeated vomiting
- Facial swelling
- Pain in chest, back, and abdomen
How Is It Contracted?The virus is transmitted by contact with the feces or urine of rats. Most importantly, you can become infected with the virus by breathing in rat feces or urine, or by eating rats.
- BREATHING IN tiny particles of infected material (feces or urine) is the MOST common form of exposure.
- EATING FOODS that have been contaminated with rat feces or urine is another form of exposure.
- It can be transmitted from PERSON TO PERSON
How Do I Prevent It?
- Use insecticides and pesticides to send harmful pests away from your homes.
- Keep waste disposals away from your home to prevent rats from visiting you.
- Make sure that the stores in which your foodstuffs are kept are very clean and dirt free.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before eating or cooking.
- Wash your cooking and eating utensils before each use, in case rats were in contact with them; make sure they are stored in a safe and protected place.
- Keep cats at home to help send away rats.
- DO NOT EAT RATS